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Tina Robertson
Blogger, Homeschool Mom, Co-Founder of New Bee Homeschooler, Creator of the 7 Step Free Homeschool Planner
Blogger, Homeschool Mom, Co-Founder of New Bee Homeschooler, Creator of the 7 Step Free Homeschool Planner
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Homeschooling For the Love of Learning: Does It Really Work?

Besides building Godly character, homeschooling for the love of learning was also one of the primary reasons homeschooling pioneers touted homeschooling. Does that philosophy still hold true today?

Does homeschooling for the lifelong love of learning mean you are more interested in having fun than in helping your child advance in academics? Some homeschoolers think so. Not every homeschooler recognizes the value of instilling the love of learning in their children.

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How to Teach Science Through A Story – Middle & High School Using storytelling as a powerful teacher is not a new concept to homeschoolers. Not only do we love reading stories but we understand their power to captivate and convince readers. However, until I started using Beautiful Feet Books I wasn’t so confident that teaching science through a story or through biographies would benefit my kids all the way through to high school.

First, I need to back up and explain what curriculum we’ve been poring over. For the past couple of months, it has been a delight to use the History of Science. I knew it was geared toward the 3rd to 7th grade level but we were over the top excited to ditch the science textbook and learn the history of science through living literature. Too, I know science biographies can also be used for older kids.
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3 Ways to Choose the BEST Writing Curriculum (for a Growing Homeschool Family) It’s a scary feeling choosing a writing curriculum when you don’t have a professional background in education. Knowing that thousands of parents embark on teaching their children each year, I too made the leap to choosing the perfect writing curriculum. But you and I both know that perfect writing curriculum doesn’t exist, or does it?

Looking back now that two of my sons are graduated, there were some things I did right although I didn’t feel that way at the time.

Hoping to spare you the same agony I went through because of my aversion to teaching writing, I learned 3 ways to choose the best writing curriculum for a growing homeschool family.

ONE/ Know that there is a right way to teach writing. No smoke and mirrors are involved.

A writing program needs to give you and your children structure and sentence variety. Short and compound sentences are only two sentence types but a beginner writer needs plenty of practice developing them.

Moving from basic sentence writing to a paragraph is foundational to strong writing skills. As your child matures, he widens out in his ability to write creatively, but the foundation is first.

Does your writing curriculum give numerous subject topics, practice with sentence variety and instructions to the non-professional educator?
3 Ways to Choose the BEST Writing Curriculum
3 Ways to Choose the BEST Writing Curriculum
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6 Unit Study Resources: Mountain Men – Explorers of the West Whether you’re studying about the American Frontier, fur trade or mountain living, you’ll bring history alive through studying the tough life of mountain men.

Today, I rounded up six unit study resources to grab for a mountain men unit study. Besides explorers and fur traders, they were some of America’s first trail blazers.

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Homeschool Quarter Planning Form – Free UNIQUE 7 Step Planner 4 Homeschool Quarter Planning Forms
You know I’ve said before, it takes me sometimes several months thinking about a homeschool form for the 7 Step Homeschool Planner before I actually release it to you. The reason why is because my forms are created out of need as I go throughout my many years of homeschooling.

This one, the homeschool quarter planning form, I actually have been thinking about for a year. And I am so OVER THE TOP excited to share it with you today!

Let me tell you first how I set it up, how I will be using it this year and why I needed it last year too.
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Hands-on Geography: Longitude/Latitude Mapmaking Activity Learning to read longitude and latitude is a major part of reading maps. With these measurements, geographers can locate any place in the world, simply by finding the correct degree coordinates.

It’s important to learn what these terms mean and it’s important for kids to understand how to use these coordinates. But there’s no better way to teach it than by doing a fun, hands-on geography activity!

This fun longitude and latitude mapmaking activity is a great way to help kids get involved in making maps. Plus, it helps the concepts of longitude and latitude to really “stick”!

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Day 10. Unit Study Beginnings. 10 Days of Diving Into Unit Studies by Creating a Unit Study Together. There are several ways to introduce a unit study besides reading a book though I have used that hook before to get my boys’ interest piqued in our unit study. Most children will engage when you open your unit study with something that is not expected like a hands-on project.
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Doodle Coloring Curriculum Planner Cover

Have some coloring fun while you plan your homeschool lessons with the lovely Doodle planner cover! This is a neat cover you can use to dress up your homeschool planner using the colors YOU choose!

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Atomidoodle Chemistry Game App I am so thankful to Hero Factor Games so that my boys don’t have to depend on their mom’s science prowess or should I say lack of it when it comes to learning science and especially chemistry.

Atomidoodle Chemistry Game App
Wildly, I was waving my hands asking Hero Factor Games pick me, pick me to review their Atomidoodle app and I am so glad they did. We love this game app and Tiny just can’t put it down!

Let me back up first because you remember I shared with you my post about starting Chemistry this year with Tiny. And you know how important it is to me that subjects, even at the middle and high school level stay fun.

That is just what Atomidoodle does. What a treasure find for us.

Who knows maybe I won’t have to teach chemistry at all this year with this awesome app? (okay, okay). Let me tell you how it works though
Atomidoodle Chemistry Game App
Atomidoodle Chemistry Game App
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5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for Your Homeschool Spaces Day 5 Things the Teacher Luvs Homeschooling is not all about the kids. Okay, well maybe it is. Today though it’s all about you and in 5 Days of Clever DIY Hacks for your Homeschool Spaces, Day 5. Things the Teacher Luvs, I rounded up some things to keep the teacher happy.

Whether it’s eye candy, a cute printable or how to make a diy magazine holder (swoon), I have to be excited about the new school year too. Besides creating my 7 Step Homeschool Planner, I try to create a teacher space that I want to be at each day too.

Sometimes it’s a small thing like a new pen or a new chair. One year, I got tired of looking at my lamp shade and knowing that a little coral color loving doesn’t hurt anything, I painted my lampshade. Adding a little chic to your homeschool spaces will keep you excited about the new school year too.

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